When you go to a cat show, you’ll notice that each judging table has a scratching post on it. This is so the cats with stretch up and have a scratch so the judges can see the cats’ musculature and see their bodies move in order to better assess their conformation to the breed standard.
Most cats – and especially most Abyssinians – love to show off and scratch the post. This is Ataraxia Coatue – a relative of Cousin Toki!
Some Abys, like Cousin Taz’s nephew, Instincts Fire, take scratching the post to a whole new level.
Most cats just scratch the post. They don’t usually try to climb it.
Jacoby, however, never “pole dances.” He’d rather stand on the judge’s table and survey the audience.
Which is why, on Saturday in Gene Darrah’s ring, it was so funny to see Jake go up the scratching post like a regular Aby! Meg and I couldn’t believe it.
Apparently, neither could Jake. Look at his face! He seems to be saying, “What am I doing? I never do this!”
Evidently, Taz has picked up some bad habits from his cousin Jake.
As hard as Gene Darrah tried, Taz would NOT scratch the post.
But he did pose nicely. I think maybe they’re spending too much time together!